10 Decadent Chocolate Dessert Recipes

Baking for a chocolate lover? Here are all the best chocolate dessert recipes to satisfy a chocolate fix, from brownies to cake with ganache glaze.

Decadent vegan chocolate cake

Are you a chocolate lover? Or baking for one? Here at A Couple Cooks, we adore chocolate. Though most of our recipes are healthy whole food recipes (often plant based), there’s always room for a treat here and there. So, we’ve collected all the best ways to eat chocolate for dessert, outside of just grabbing a straight up chocolate bar.

Here are our favorite chocolate dessert recipes of all kinds. There’s our best chocolate cake with ganache glaze, a total stunner that is perfect for birthdays and special occasions. Then there are everyday desserts like cookies and brownies. You’ll notice many of them have a healthy spin using whole food ingredients, but the main priority is this: 100% chocolate-y deliciousness. Well, should we just get to the recipes?

Want a lighter option? Try our Healthy Chocolate Snack.

And now, our favorite chocolate dessert recipes!

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Best Vegan Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake with Ganache Glaze


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 to 14 1x

Description

This decadent chocolate cake recipe features a chocolate buttercream filling and a shiny dark chocolate ganache. It’s chocolate dessert perfection!


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Ingredients

For the cake

  • 3 cups (375g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2⁄3 cup (60g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (475ml) unsweetened nondairy milk, homemade or store-bought
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 3⁄4 cups (350g) sugar
  • 2⁄3 cup (160ml) melted coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the filling

  • 1 cup (245g) pumpkin puree
  • 1⁄4 cup (20g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1⁄4 cup (60ml) maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter or cashew butter

For the ganache

  • 6 ounces (170g) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1⁄2 cup (120ml) coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Coat two 8- or 9-inch (20 or 23cm) round springform pans with melted coconut oil.
  2. To make the cake, put the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. In a medium bowl, vigorously whisk together the nondairy milk and vinegar until frothy. Whisk in the sugar, oil, and vanilla. Add about one-third of the mixture to the flour mixture and stir with a spatula or whisk, or use an electric mixer on the lowest setting. Repeat, adding the remaining liquid in two more additions, mixing just until incorporated after the final addition. Pour the batter into the prepared pans.
  4. Bake for about 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven but leave the cakes in their pans and let cool completely.
  5. To make the filling, process all the ingredients in a food processor.
  6. To make the ganache, put the chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl. Combine the coconut milk and maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until just simmering. Pour over the chocolate and stir until melted. Let cool to room temperature.
  7. To assemble the cake, remove the layers from their pans. Place one, top side up, on a serving platter and gently shave off the rounded top with a sharp knife. Spread all of the filling over the top. Place the other cake layer atop the filling. Pour the ganache evenly over the top and let it drizzle down the sides. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
  8. Leftovers will keep in a covered container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Notes

Reprinted with permission from Food52 Vegan by Gena Hamshaw

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Chocolate Dessert Recipes, Chocolate Cake

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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